Melin Llangoed (Tros y Marian)
This mill has one of the most stunning settings of those on Anglesey. It is located in the northeast corner of the island in Glan-yr-Afon near Llangoed, and from its prominent position can be seen Puffin Island and the Great Orme (see photo below) as well as Snowdonia and the Menai Strait.
It was built in 1741, giving it the second earliest known construction date after Melin Gallt y Benddu. It was built by Henry Williams, who owned it until 1787 when he sold it and the surrounding farm to John Hughes of Caernarfon. In the sale documents it is called "Trosymarian Wind Mill" and the price is given as £1655 (the equivalent of £173,000 in 2009). It was sold again in 1842, and then 1891 when local landowner Major Chadwick purchased it and hired retired seaman Owen Jones as the miller. He ran it until closure in 1921. The machinery was removed in 1926.
In 1962 the nearby house and the mill were purchased by Stanley Flory. A civil engineer by trade specializing in waterworks he set about installing a water tank in the tower to ensure a continuous supply to his house.
Come the 21st century and this mill, like many others on Anglesey, became the focus of renovation. The plan was to turn it into a self catering holiday home. There was some controversy around it, mainly due to access problems on the narrow and steep roads, but permission was eventually granted.
The photo to the right shows it in 2004 when reconstruction was underway, and the above photo in 2006 when it was almost finished. It is now a luxury five-star self-catering holiday home. Their main web site has a number of photos, videos and 360° panoramas of the interior.
See other images of this windmill at:
- Windmill World
- People's Collection Wales, an old image and a modern aerial photo.
- Image taken in 1936 from the Donald W. Muggeridge Collection of Mill Photographs, University of Kent, Canterbury
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